Thursday, July 30, 2009

Take an Aspirin and Call Your Bureaucrat in the Morning

Opinion: We need to address health care. We need to address insurance reform. We need to fix what malpractice insurance and defensive medicine is breaking. We need insurance plans we choose and can take with us from one job to the next. But-- every day more polls show that the American people are either leery or flat out scared of a 1000 page monster bill making it's way through a handful of different committees, a bill underlings are paid to read for people who are paid to vote.

Facts: The New York Times/CBS News poll found that ”Americans are concerned that revamping the health care system would reduce the quality of their care, increase their out-of-pocket health costs and tax bills, and limit their options in choosing doctors, treatments and tests.”

And more from Rasmussen:

*By 50% to 23% margin, voters expect that passage of the congressional health care reform bill will cause the quality of care to go down.

*Americans by a two-to-one margin believe that no matter how bad things are, Congress can always make it worse.

And there, friends, is the rub. Haste makes waste might be a tired old phrase but there's a reason it sticks around. Why does it have to be all or nothing? Wouldn't it wise, prudent even, to see if the government could successfully make some incremental changes before we give 'em enough rope to hang us all?

Here's a question for all the pundits that say that when the representatives come home on recess they're going to hear from their constituents and know just how unpopular nationalized health care is. What planet are y'all living on?

Barney Frank is going to home and mix and mingle with like-minded friends. Jim DeMint is going to do the same. Unless they're all planning to hold mass town hall meetings, I fail to see why recess is such a big deal.

However you want these people to vote, write, email, call, and express yourself. And then reassure them that you're taking notice of how they vote and you will vote accordingly when they're up for reelection. And then, for the love of this country, do it.



  1. Good post, Shellie. I'm afraid a lot of us have become so cynical we use it as an excuse for inaction. (That, and the sheer magnitude of our problems seem so overwhelming that we're gripped by paralysis.) Thanks for the reminder to plug in!

  2. You're welcome, Leslie! I agree wholeheartedly with "the sheer magnitude causes paralysis". Prayer is the only thing that helps me with that.